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Our Own Metaphor (Mary Catherine Bateson)

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Title: Our Own Metaphor
Author(s): Mary Catherine Bateson
Publish Date: 2005
Pages: 368
Format: Paper
Our Own Metaphor, with its focus on the human pattern of setting conscious goals, provides a new approach to the basic question of whether humans, with their increasingly powerful technologies, will ultimately destroy the environment on which they depend or prove capable of a new level of adaptation. Based on a conference organized by anthropologist Gregory Bateson and observed and interpreted by Mary Catherine Bateson, the book suggests that any solution to the world's myriad problems must be grounded in an empathetic understanding of systems--from the ecology of lakes to the loving interdependence of mother and infant.

This volume was first published in 1972. A foreword and afterword were added in 1991 in which Mary Catherine Bateson reflects on experience and insight accrued over the intervening years, carrying the central themes forward into the 21st century.

Contents: Foreword 1991. Foreword to the First Edition. Prologue. IN PREPARATION FOR THE ADVENT OF AWARENESS. Around the Circle. The Substance of a Warning Cry. Of Parts and Wholes. Small Societies in Crisis. The Vision of the Apocalypse. Learning: An Entry into Pattern. People and More People. TOWARD AN APPLIED EPISTEMOLOGY. The Way We Think and Talk. Secreting the Thing from the Process. Human Freedom and Finite Resources. Purpose and Control. The Metaphor of the Machine. A DARKNESS UNOBSCURED. A Human Family on a Ledge. Diversity and Love. Our Own Metaphor. Afterword 1991. The Members of the Conference. Notes. Index.

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